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  •  repeat "not subject to Congresional approval" (10+ / 0-)

    The "treaty" has been broken into limited parts that can each be entered into without a Senate vote on any of them. I don't see this as part of a victory declaration. But it looks more and more like Cheney-Bush want to set-up forward military bases from which to attack Iran; force them on to the next President; and then leave it to the next neo-cons to fabricate crisis that demand an attack on Iran.

    •  They've always wanted permanent bases. (3+ / 0-)
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      CParis, StrayCat, Neon Mama

      The idea has always been to control the oil heart of the world.

      Why else would there be a need for "PERMANENT" bases? Why not a 20 year lease?

    •  Call me naive, but how does a unilateral (6+ / 0-)

      policy declaration by one president, without the consent of Congress, manage to tie the hands of the next president?

      If Bush tries to put this "agreement" in place by fiat -- well, why can't Obama just scrap it by fiat? It's not like the Iraqi government would mind.

      Anyway, I don't think Bush's pressure will even work. The Iraqis can read a calendar. They can also read polls. They know damn well all they have to do is stall until January and there'll be someone in the US who's actually interested in resolving the mess.

      This is Mesopotamia we're talking about. They've been doing complicated politics since before writing was invented. Anyone want to bet they can't keep on inventing new excuses for not doing something they don't want to do -- for a mere eight months?

      Folly is fractal: the closer you look at it, the more of it there is.

      by Canadian Reader on Thu Jun 05, 2008 at 11:16:17 AM PDT

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    •  If it isn't a real treaty (0+ / 0-)

      then why can't the next president just walk away from it?

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